Please note that the HireNow program has received very high demand from employers and no new employer pre-registrations are being accepted at this time. If additional funding is made available for the program, pre-registrations for new employers will reopen at a date to be determined.
HireNow provides funding to eligible Massachusetts employers who hire and retain Massachusetts residents. Funding is awarded at a flat rate of $4,000 for each eligible newly hired employee. The goal of HireNow is to address hiring challenges experienced by Massachusetts employers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. HireNow provides resources to enable Massachusetts employers to broaden their recruiting practices to include workers who do not meet traditional qualifications but can fulfill job requirements with additional training upon hire. Employers are encouraged to rethink hiring practices, minimum qualifications, and onboarding processes to consider candidates with qualification that may differ from traditional standards to increase staffing levels in a tight labor market.
Employers may be approved for up to $400,000 for 100 eligible newly hired employees.
HireNow is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
How it Works
Grant funds will be awarded to eligible employers at a flat rate of $4,000 per eligible hire. Grant recipients are required to use funds in whatever manner is most helpful in training new hires. To simplify the application process, grantees are not required to document training methods or specific expenses. However, basic documentation is required to determine employer eligibility and verify new hires reported. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis for new hires made between March 23, 2022, and December 31, 2022, or until funds are exhausted.